SUNLAND-TUJUNGA NC 2014 ELECTION – ELECTION DAY – Saturday, March 8, 2-8pm, North Valley Neighborhood City Hall

OFFICIAL CANVASS OF VOTES
Region 1 Representative
PAT KRAMER

JORGE A. MARTINEZ

Region 2 Representative
AUNTIE GAIL J CARLSON

ARNO AKOBYAN

Region 3 Representative
DAVID BARRON 

JIM MOORE

Region 4 Representative
MAUREEN A O’BYRNE

CHARLIE A. BRADLEY

President
MARK SEIGEL
First Vice-President
TOMI LYN BOWLING
Second Vice-President
BRENDA FORTUNE
Secretary
SANDRA L BAUGUS
Treasurer
NINA ROYAL
Stakeholder Group Representatives
MARLENE A. HITT

PATRICK DANIEL O’BRIEN

DANA STANGEL

SERGIO E. SOTO

JULIE CUDDIHY

CINDY CLEGHORN

KRYSTEE CLARK

JOHN LAUE

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Challenge 1 - Response 1
Challenge 2 - Response 2
Challenge 3 - Response 3

 

Certified Candidates

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Open Board Seats 2014 – Sunland-Tujunga NC
BOARD POSITION
# OF SEATS
ELECTED OR APPOINTED?
QUALIFICATIONS TO
RUN FOR THE SEAT

QUALIFICATIONS TO
VOTE FOR THE SEAT
President
Term: 2 years
1 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
 Thomas Smoker Jr
Mark Seigel – I am effective and dedicated to all stakeholders in Sunland-Tujunga and proud to continue to serve as your president.  My experience is in working with City departments, Council staff and our active community and I’m good at getting things done.  I will continue to be diligent in our search for TARGET to occupy the Kmart site, finish the community garden and continue to empower the board and committees to achieve thier goals. Vote for me for STNC president.
David “DOC” DeMulle – I am Editor/Publisher of The Foothills Paper, the most read newspaper in Sunland-Tujunga.  I have fought cronyism and corruption here for the past 8 years.  I was the Environmental Rep. for the STNC. This is a unique community with unique problems.  We need to fix the homeless situation, the traffic injuries and deaths and the corruption in our community organizations. We have lost all credibility with our neighbors.  we lost the Watermelon Festival because of greed and lies. We need to repair the credibility of our service organizations and the STNC.  I set up and operated 3 Safe Haven Camps for the S-T homeless, and proved that a business/community partnership can remedy the homeless problem.  With your help, I can make our community whole again.
First Vice-President
Term: 2 years
1 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED: 
Tomi Lyn Bowling - I love this community. I have been a volunteer in many capacities for 20+ years having served on the NC previously as VP and Region Rep, Business Rep and was the Land Use Committee Chair as well as a member since 2001. I am Community Emergency Response Team trained since 2001 including setting up several training groups for others. Have done and continue to do work as well volunteering for LAPD. As a long time volunteer I hope to listen to the community and help be their voice to city hall. The NC system was founded to help stakeholders have a stronger voice in getting the attention their community deserves I know I can fulfill this objective. Sometimes what the community has to say, isn’t what the city officials want to hear, so it is our NC representatives job to speak loudly and be heard on their behalf.
Second Vice-President
Term: 2 years
1 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED: 
Don Harward- “I am currently serving out my third term as a Neighborhood Council Director, I have proudly represented the interests of my neighbors. I have strong familial ties to the local Fire Station and will fight against further reductions in service or staffing. As a member of this Neighborhood Council, I will continue to oppose unnecessary rate increases for City services such as those imposed by the Sanitation Department and the DWP. As a parent of four children currently attending the local Middle School and High School, I will continue to advocate for the safety and well being of all of the children in our community.Thank you for your vote today.”
Wally Wharton - S-T has become a dumping ground for the city’s homeless and for the mentally ill. These people terrorize us and make it impossible for us to enjoy parks and open spaces. The LAPD seems more concerned with protecting the “rights” of indigent, criminal transients and allows them to sort thru our garbage and trash our neighborhoods. Our city councilman holds secret meetings — NOT open to the community— with churches, non-profits and developers to further seal our fate at a homeless haven. We need direct communication with our city councilman in the form of town hall meetings. DONE is extremely behind in its record-keeping accountability, i.e., audits, expenditures, purchase-card expenditures, etc., thus encouraging a lackadaisical attitude among current STNC board members.  Wake-up, Sunland-Tujunga– Vote for Wally Wharton!!
Brenda Fortune – My name is Brenda Fortune and i am seeking the position of 2nd VP Outreach on the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council. I am a long term resident and have broad experience working as an activist and volunteer in the community. I have taken an active role in addressing the needs of Sunland-Tujunga, and have been honored to hold several community leadership roles through the years. I am a devoted and engaged stakeholder. I believe that our Neighborhood Council Gives voice to the diverse layers of constituency that is Sunland-Tujunga.Little Landers historical Society – Ways and Means VP
Sunland-Tujunga Shadow Hills Community Fund – Board of Directors
Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club – Director of Development Special Events
Sunland-Tujunga Rotary Club – Current Past President
STNC – Past VP Outreach/Region Representative
Secretary
Term: 2 years
1 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and are 16 years old at the time of filing for candidacy. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
Sandra L Baugus
Treasurer
Term: 2 years
1 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and are 16 years old at the time of filing for candidacy. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED: 
Nina Royal - I am knowledgeable of the detail and significant requirements to serve as Treasurer for the neighborhood council and I am willing to continue my service.  I will continue to be available to the board for all meetings and DONE/City requirements at City Hall in order to meet responsibilities and deadlines. Vote for NINA ROYAL as we look to new opportunities in Outreach, Community Improvement and Public Safety.
Bonnie Corwin – I, Bonnie Corwin, want to take an active role in the growth and improvement of Sunland-Tujunga. I’m excited to offer my work experience and talents to help the area adequately plan for the challenges of future growth within our current Los Angeles budget. I served as Treasurer for Sage Passage a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women of domestic abuse. I assisted the national Red Cross in their accounting department after the Northridge Earthquake. I enjoy community service and knowing that I have made a difference. I am a bookkeeping and tax strategist consultant with knowledge and experience in auditing, financial analysis and business management. I would appreciate your vote for me, Bonnie Corwin, to serve as Treasurer on the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council.
Stakeholder Group Representatives Term: 2 years 8 Elected Stakeholders who provide proof of membership in a group that falls into the category they wish to represent. That group must possess a facility and/or hold regular meetings within the boundaries of the STNC, or the candidate must live, and the candidate must attend meetings at that branch of the organization. Stakeholders must be 16 years old at the time of filing for candidacy. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder or who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith-based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within the STNC boundaries and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED:
 Patrick Daniel O’Brien
Dana Stangel – I would very much like to join the Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council because I live and work here, and I care.  I would also like to help represent animal issues in this community.  Animal issues (both wild and domestic!) arise here on a regular basis and I think we could use more representation in this direction.
 John Blue - “VETERANS AND GENERAL WELFARE ADVOCATE”While working with “veterans” of all ages with various needs, I kept having “non-veterans” come up and ask for my help.  I couldn’t say “no” to them — both out of my Christian conscience and personal convictions.   So, I wound up helping everyone who came my way!  Everyone’s needs were almost the same, as were my solutions.  If I found an answer in one area, it sometimes solved another person’s problem, too. All my life I’ve helped people, from being a C.O. Combat Platoon Medic in Vietnam, to my work 3 decades as a professional EMT medic.  I can’t seem to help myself.  I’m not sorry, but it has taken its toll!Anyway, I’ve expanded my “job title” to reflect all this.I’ll still give out medical, health and money-saving info at meetings.I’ll still ask the realistic questions no one else dares to.I’ll still fight power corruptions…
Sergio E. Soto – My plan for this year is to take my lodge into the community and make it more visible rather that keep it within the confines of the Masonic Center which is the current hub of our operations. I plan to collaborate with the appropriate councils, public schools, businesses and other community groups to improve the image of the area with service projects that involve cleaning and minor infrastructure of key identified areas in the neighborhood. The idea being, that adequate improvement to the visual appeal of the city will invite incentives to other groups to make our city a priority in terms of either short or long term projects and investments. We also intend to contribute to early childhood literacy in the nearby public school, being that the education of our children is vital to the future of this community in which we live and work.
 Pati Potter
 Marlene A. Hitt
 Jon Edward von Gunten
Rosie N. Ter-Matevosyan – As a child of a first generation immigrant family from former Soviet Union, I learned firsthand the power of education.  I watched as my parents worked extensive hours in sweet shops for nickels and dimes to start a new life for our family.  I learned early on that education was going to be the ticket out. As a member of STNC it will be my ultimate goal to make the community more safe and youth friendly by bringing educational opportunities, more recreational opportunities and family focused neighborhood activities.
Krystee Clark – I have enjoyed serving my first term on the Neighborhood Council.  I cherish the diverse culture of our Sunland-Tujunga community and take pride in our indigenous environment and clean air.  I love where I live and it is easy for me to promote our unique lifestyle, locally driven business culture and help protect our open spaces. I will continue my work to stimulate our local economy by fighting to restore the Entertainment Industry and by Co-Chairing the Arts and Recreation Committee as a way to promote our local talent, festivals and locations. It is important to increase our stakeholder participation in local government. I would love to see more communication and brainstorming in our community including regular Townhall Meetings and a rise in social media presence. Stay informed and get involved. Remember to VOTE on Saturday March 8th and help create a brighter future!
Julie Cuddihy – I am very involved in in community and schools.  I look forward to working on the board and helping the community and our children.
Cindy Cleghorn – The business community needs to be represented on the STNC board.  As president of the Sunland-Tujunga Chamber of Commerce I will bring the voice of Sunland-Tujunga’s businesses.  I am the go to person for business improvement having assisted several businesses with City requirements. I will continue to reach out to the businesses the community needs and wants — such as Fresh & Easy.
John Laue - I am a former member of the elected Board of the STNC (2010-12), and would like to return as the elected Environmental Rep. I am a long-standing member of the Sierra Club and the Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy, an organization that is concerned about the sediment removal projects in the San Gabriel Mountains including the proposed project in the Big Tujunga. My goal is to be an advocate to protect the natural environment that makes our community an attractive place to live in the city.
 Vicki Goorjian Pierce - I would like to represent the Sunland-Tujunga Elks at the Neighborhood Council
Region 1 Representatives Term: 2 years 2 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, or own property in Region 1 and are 16 years old at the time of filing for candidacy. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder. In addition, those individuals who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith- based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within Region 1 and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED: 
Kresse Armour – It has been my pleasure to serve the Sunland-Tujunga community as its Region One representative, and I would very much like to continue in this service. Together we have accomplished great things that have made Sunland-Tujunga a vital and welcoming family-friendly community. If elected, I pledge to carry on with this commitment to service, working with both local leaders and citizens at large to continue striving for even greater enhancement of our beautiful Foothills community.
 Pat Kramer 
Jorge A Martinez – I have lived here in Sunland, California for 18 years and I have seem many changes pass by that affect my family and neighbors. I have been on the side line watching all those change such as safety, building, street improvements etc, there are many changes say them all, therefore I have decided to run for neighborhood council this coming election to have my voice, opinion hear and also of my community. Yo he vivido aqui en Sunland, California por 18 años y e visto muchos cambios que pasan y q ue afectan a mi familia y vecinos, siempre e estado a un lado viendo estos canbios asi com la segurida, construcsion , nejoramiento de carreteras, etc, por lo tanto e decidido correr com consejal de la vecindad estas elecsiones y q mi voz y opinion sean escuchadas asi como la de la vecindad….
Region 2 Representatives Term: 2 years 2 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, or own property in Region 2 and are 16 years old at the time of filing for candidacy. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder. In addition, those individuals who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith- based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within Region 2 and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED: 
 Arsen Karamians
Auntie Gail J. Carlson – I have several happy, tail wagging and purring clients. My mission is to help make our community a more enjoyable place to live! My pet column of four years is Auntie Gail’s Pet Corner where I write about caring for animals and give people insights unique to their pets behavior as our pets are healing we also heal them with our love and kindess.
Arno Akobyan -I’m running for the position of Region 2 Representative because I want to help improve my community. I am currently a third-year law student at Loyola Law School, a graduate of UC-Berkeley (GO BEARS!), and have resided in Region 2 all my life. I am also a product of the local public-school system, having attended Pinewood Elementary and Mount Gleason Middle School. As a Region 2 “Native Son”, I am aware of the many areas where we can improve our community — and I believe that I have the energy, passion and leadership abilities to help make it happen. Vote for Arno Akobyan, Region 2′s “Native Son,” to be your Representative!
Roberta Konrad - I would be of support to the members of the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood by helping keep our city green, working for a solution of the homeless, and working with the LADWP issues on sustainable energy solutions.
Region 3 Representatives Term: 2 years 2 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, or own property in Region 3 and are 16 years old at the time of filing for candidacy. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder. In addition, those individuals who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith- based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within Region 3 and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED: 
Michael Jones – I’m running for Region 3 because I want to continue my work on the STNC board to improve local communications during major events such as the Station Fire, including having a Ham Radio Station at North Valley City Hall, phone trees, more Neighborhood Watch groups, website and social media.  I want to see more “pocket parks” in Region 3 and encourage more community improvement. I enjoy working with our community groups and organizations and people know me.  Vote for Mike Jones on March 8, 2014.
 Jim Moore – I love this area and would like to serve my community however I can, but am especially interested in seeing the K-Mart become a community center with emphasis on helping kids and the elderly, but available to all for certain community events.  I know at least 50 people from several churches who would volunteer to work in such a center and have ideas about how it might be best used, and how it might be supported financially. I would serve on the land use committee and probably the building and safety committee, having done my own permitted hillside house addition.
David Barron – As a renter in Sunland-Tujunga I know the challenges that renters can face.  Because of my experience as an employee with the LA Housing Department I have the ability to help renters with their issues.  I currently serve on the STNC Land Use, Budget and Safety committees.  Vote for DAVID BARRON, STNC Renter’s Representative on the March 8 ballot. 
Amelia Anderson – I’ve been marching thru this town since 1998; first as a real estate entrant in the July 4th parades, later as a rotary club member helping to orchestrate the parade. We herded high school kids down foothill blvd. wearing yellow t-shirts and yelling “just say ‘no’ to drugs. I’ve assisted rotary booths at the easter carnival and the watermelon festival; and was instrumental in negotiating the venue for the “healing from the ashes” art exhibit after the stations fire that raised money for forest homeowners burned out; followed by a raucous Halloween “spooky house” fundraiser. I was on hand to plan our frosty “winterfest” Christmas santa extravaganza that is now a yearly event. I also helped out Alarcon for senate and Linblad for representative political campaigns and attended STNC, helpful to my current work backed by councilman Fuentes, which is providing service to and housing the homeless, i.e., HUD.
Region 4 Representatives Term: 2 years 2 Elected Stakeholders who live, work, or own property in Region 4 and are 16 years old at the time of filing for candidacy. Stakeholders who live, work, own property in the neighborhood or those who declare a stake in the neighborhood as a community interest stakeholder. In addition, those individuals who are identified by participation in business, educational, faith- based, community service, youth and special interest organizations that are located or that meet regularly within Region 3 and who are 16 years of age or older.
CANDIDATES FILED: 
Araz Parseghian
Charlie A. Bradley – I have been a resident of the Sunland/Tujunga community for nearly 10 years and I am raising my family here.  I love my community and am desirous of being an active participant in its safety and advancement. I have a number of ideas to bring to the council that will not only make this a great place to live and work, but also ensure that a safe, healthy, and  thriving community is left to our children. While I am seeking a seat in Region 4, I will work tirelessly for the betterment of the entire Sunland/Tujunga community!
Maureen A O’Byrne – I am a 25+ year Sunland resident and graduate of Mt. Gleason Middle School and Verdugo Hills High School and want to do my part in helping our community continue to thrive. I hope to specifically bring focus and action to updating our “Foothill Specific Corridor Plan”, keeping Sunland Park clean & family-friendly, and finally getting our local teens more involved in the STNC. It would be an honor to represent the residents of Region 1 and I sincerely hope to win your vote.
ELECTIONS INFO

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Polling Hours:
2 pm – 8 pm

North Valley Neighborhood City Hall
7747 Foothill Blvd
Tujunga CA 91042

Documentation

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Candidate Filing closed 1/22/14

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REGION 1 TIMELINE

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ELECTIONS MANUAL

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